When purchasing an e-bike, seniors should consider a few things. It is important that the model meets certain requirements so that you can travel safely and comfortably.
E-bike for seniors: What you should consider before buying
The purchase of an e-bike can help increase activity and independence. It rides easier than a regular bike, but is also more dangerous as it reaches higher speeds. The model should suit your physical conditions.
- The weight of the e-bike should be given special consideration, as e-bikes weigh more than conventional bikes.
- When choosing the right bike, you should also consider the distances you intend to cover with your e-bike. The further the intended routes, the more kilometres the battery should have.
- When buying your e-bike, make sure that the battery is easy to reach so that it can be easily removed for charging.
- To get a feel for the weight of the bike and how it handles, it can be helpful to test ride the potential purchase or borrow an e-bike first.
- For senior citizens, an e-bike that has a frame shape that makes it easier for them to get on is suitable. These are so-called deep-entry frames (comfort frames).
- In addition, the adjustment and choice of saddle, handlebars and pedals is important. An ergonomic and correct riding position can increase riding comfort. With the saddle, it is important to choose a model that is comfortable for you. Measuring the seat humps can be helpful here. When choosing handlebars, make sure that your forearms are as straight as possible in relation to your hand.
- Look for easy and intuitive operation of the display.
Safety on e-bikes: what you should know
If you ride an e-bike, you should ensure adequate safety.
- When using an e-bike that has a maximum speed of 25 km/h, there is generally no obligation to wear a helmet. For your own safety, you should nevertheless wear a helmet.
- You should also make sure that you choose a high-performance braking system. Hydraulic disc brakes are the most reliable.
- The braking distance of an e-bike is almost twice as long as that of a normal bike. Car drivers often cannot estimate the speed and cyclists underestimate the braking distance. It is best to practise on a road with little traffic to get a feel for your bike.
- Further, you should choose the right lighting. Pay attention to the legal requirements here so that your e-bike is roadworthy. To ensure that you are particularly safe when riding at dusk and in the dark, you should attach additional reflectors.